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The Munsters (TV Series 1964–1966) Poster

(1964–1966)

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This series' title was supposedly derived from combining the words "fun" and "monsters".
The Munsters' house now appears on the set of Desperate Housewives (2004).
Grandpa (played by Al Lewis, born in 1923) was one year younger than his "daughter" Lily (played by Yvonne De Carlo, born in 1922). Herman was the youngest adult (played by Fred Gwynne, born in 1926).
The first season opening credits were an outrageous parody of the opening credits of The Donna Reed Show (1958), which always began with Donna Reed lovingly passing out lunches to her departing family members as they left the house one by one. Yvonne De Carlo, as Lily Munster, did the same thing.
The show was shot in black and white because the studio did not want to pay an extra $10,000 per episode for color.
This show and its "rival" series The Addams Family (1964) both debuted within a week of one another in September 1964. At the end of that year's TV season, this show ranked #18 in the Nielsens, with a rating of 24.7, while The Addams Family came in at #23, with a 23.9 rating. At the time, Nielsens indicated what percentage of American TV households tuned in to any given program. By the end of the following year, both series were cancelled.
The uncredited voice of The Raven was supplied by Mel Blanc. On the rare occasions Blanc was unavailable, the Raven's voice was supplied by Bob Hastings.
Contrary to popular belief, The Munsters were not the first couple on TV to share a bed. It was real-life couple Mary Kay Stearns and John Stearns on their show Mary Kay and Johnny (1947) in the late 1940s.
The pilot of the series was in color.
Bill Mumy was the original choice for Eddie Munster, but his parents didn't approve of the extensive makeup that would be used for his character. He would eventually guest on The Munsters: Come Back, Little Googie (1965), playing an incorrigible brat, during the first season.
After the pilot was filmed, CBS execs insisted on re-casting the role of Lily Munster. Initially, both Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis balked at the notion of the part going to Yvonne De Carlo. However, later both Gwynne and Lewis agreed De Carlo was a great comedic actress.
For the first 13 episodes, in which Beverley Owen played Marilyn, Fred Gwynne appeared last in the opening credits. When Owen left the show to get married, she was replaced by Pat Priest and the sequence had to be re-shot, Gwynne appeared first in the credits. Since there were no further cast changes for the second season, the credits remained in that order for the remainder of the series.
The character 'Herman Munster' was ranked #19 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).
Joan Marshall played Phoebe Munster, Herman's wife, in the unaired 15-minute pilot. She looked very similar to Carolyn Jones as Morticia Addams.
There was only one Drag-U-La (Grandpa's coffin car,) built for the show. At one time it hung from the ceiling in Planet Hollywood in Atlantic City. It was restored and resides somewhere near Orlando, FL. There have been several replicas built since.
The house that would later become Munster House first made an appearance in an episode of Leave It to Beaver (1957). Producers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher created both series.
Grandpa's Drag-u-la racer was only used in one episode, despite being shown in the end credits of every 2nd season episode.
Beverley Owen, who played Marilyn Munster in the first 13 episodes, is a natural brunette. She wore a wig, and her hairline was often covered up by a headband. Pat Priest, who played Marilyn for the remainder of the series, is a natural blond, so that is her natural hair.
The original pilot was partially shot on the set of the film Psycho (1960).
The Munster Koach, and the Dragula car were both built by Hollywood car customizer George Barris.
Fred Gwynne also played Herman's twin brother Charlie and a reject creation of Doctor Frankenstein's named Johann.
Other members of the Munster family were Lily's brother (and Grandpa's son) a werewolf named Lester and Uncle Gilbert, the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Although Bud Westmore is credited as make up artist on each installment of The Munsters, he merely supervised Universal's makeup department at the time. The actual, uncredited work was done by Karl Silvera (Herman's make-up and appliances) Perc Westmore (Grandpa), Abe Haberman (Lily) and Michael Westmore (Marilyn and Eddie).
The Munster coach was actually a combination of two cars that Lily had especially built as a gift for Herman's birthday.
Beverly Owen played the part of Marilyn for the first 13 episodes. She was in love with her fiancée in New York and agreed to do the show thinking it would be a flop from the outlandish premise. When it became a hit, she was constantly crying from having to be in LA while her boyfriend was in New York. The other cast members asked the producers to release her from her contract so she could get married and they did. She was replaced by Pat Priest, who looked so much like Beverly Owen, viewers never knew the difference. Ironically, Beverly Owen would get divorced from her boyfriend 10 years later and would never appear on screen again after those initial 13 episodes.
Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) recorded a pop record to the tune of "The Munsters" theme in the early '80s called "What Ever Happened to Eddie?" as Eddie and the Monsters.
Grandpa wasn't Grandpa Munster. He was Lily's father, and their family name was "Dracula".
Initially, Fred Gwynne did his own stunt work on the Munsters however, after falling flat on his back (which was the plan) and dismantling his head set, the studio hired Bill Foster(also known as Jeff County) as stunt double for Fred Gwynne. Fred Gwynne and Bill Foster met at Universal Studios when Bill (a security guard for Universal and an accomplished musician) saw Fred attempting to play a guitar one day and offered a few lessons.
The name of the funeral parlor Herman worked for was Gateman, Goodbury and Graves.
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The occasional role of Mr. Gateman was played by John Carradine.
Lily Munster's original first name was Phoebe in the pilot.
Eddie's pet dragon that lived under the stairs was named Spot.
Grandpa's pet bat was named Igor.
Eddie's full name was Edward Wolfgang Munster.
Nate Derman was replaced because his portrayal of Eddie was thought 'too aggressive'.
The set of dishes used on the show are called Willow (or Blue Willow) and were designed in England in the late 18th century.
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Fred Gwynne wore foam rubber padding as part of his costume under his outer suit. He drank large amounts of lemonade on the set from the massive sweating from the padding and suit. He lost quite a bit of weight while doing the show.
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Eddie's stuffed wolf was named Woof-Woof.
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The Munsters lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Mockingbird Heights.
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The exterior facade of the Munster house was originally built for the movie So Goes My Love (1946).
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Herman and Lily were married on September 4, 1865.
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Bonnie Franklin, who appeared in one episode as a college girl, later directed episodes of The Munsters Today (1987).
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Herman's favorite soup was Cream of Vulture.
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According to Herman's driver's license, his date of birth is 06/21/1815 making him 150 years old. Interestingly enough, June 21st is the summer solstice, or the longest "day" of the year containing the most sunlight. Grandpa is a vampire and they traditionally hate sunlight.
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In the 2nd episode, the Munster's mailman is named Warren and he's smitten with Lily Munster because of a love potion. In McClintock! Yvonne de Carlo's character is named Mrs. Warren
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The 2015 song Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy samples the infamous munster theme.
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